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The Main Cast

    You/Michel Bollinger 
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"Please do not touch the drapes. Or the windows."

You. As in the protagonist of the story, who woke up in the decrepit old mansion with no idea of who you are. The maid claims you to be the master of the mansion, returned at last. In a quest to regain your identity, she makes you witness all the terrible tragedies that took place in these halls.

In reality, "you" are Michel Bollinger from the year 1099, the youngest son of the Bollinger family. Born Intersex, you were raised as a female until your teenage years, when puberty turned your body more male. Considered an abomination by your family, your father planned to kill you but thank's to your brothers you escaped. You are eventually killed on his mother's orders and your soul wanders around lost for the next 900 years before making its way to the mansion again.

  • Covert Pervert: Inwardly, Michel is fairly frank with himself about his sexuality and the craving for physical intimacy his condition has deprived him of. Outwardly, you wouldn't guess it, from his angelic appearance, aloof, serene, detached manner, and social awkwardness. Then again, Mell is pretty convinced that Michel is a "mind-in-the-gutter" kind of guy, which depending on player choices might not be far from the truth.
  • Deadpan Snarker: No, really. This particularly comes out in him when he travels back to Morgana's time.
  • Face of a Thug: Inverted. Michel has an otherworldly beauty about him, but this does him no favours and the effect is the same. Amusingly played straight when people don't make note of his unearthly appearance, though: then he's just a Perpetual Frowner who can't smile and unwittingly scares people.
  • Fratricide: He is killed by a group of knights led by his older brother Didier.
  • Heroic Albino: The hero of the story and an albino.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Played for Drama. Michel, who had been raised to believe he was a girl and isolated from such topics as male and female sex, firmly believes that he is a normal man and does not immediately realise what's... abnormal with his body. It takes him demanding a terrified servant to strip down and bare himself for it to click.
  • Lethal Chef: Combined with Dreadful Musician. In Nellie's words, "How on earth do you manage to turn a pie into this monstrosity?!"
  • Mistaken for Gay: Played for Laughs if you have Michel choose the last and most hysterical answer to the question of which of the story's girls you like the most.
  • NEET: Fits the bill by technicality, and the other characters mercilessly grill him for this in the backstage bonus materials, even calling him "King NEET".
  • No Social Skills: Over a decade of living alone in a cursed mansion with only the disembodied voice of a malevolent witch for company has left Michel a little bit lacking in social grace. He gets better with Giselle's help, but that's still a hell of a mountain to climb.
    Michel: Do you think someone who spent thirteen years in isolation knows the first thing about holding a pleasant conversation!?
  • Older Than They Look: Michel, who's 27, is assumed by Giselle to be quite a bit younger on account of his moody personality and otherworldly appearance. A few other characters mistake him for a much younger man, too. Morgana opines in the backstage extra that spending thirteen years as a recluse must have stunted his mental development.
  • Precision F-Strike: Gives one to Aimee after his liberating epiphany, in front of his entire family.
    Michel: Don't be so damned full of yourself. I have no interest in a whore like you.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Assuming the main story takes place in the present day, he is somewhere around 940 years old, though as a spirit he no longer ages.
  • Trauma Button: Parsnips. During Aimee's torture of him, she would constantly feed him parsnips that weren't fit for dogs to eat.
  • What You Are in the Dark: A deeply embittered Michel, given the chance to set loose the witch's curse upon anyone he so chooses – the mother who denied him his identity, the father who wanted him dead, the brothers who abandoned him, the evil young woman who tortured him – chooses not to. This never changes: although the player can determine one of many fates for Michel, this one point is something he never budges on, no matter how far he falls into despair.
  • The Woobie: Life really has it out for him:
    • He is born Intersex in a time when the condition was not understood or accepted, which causes him great confusion and grief as he approaches puberty;
    • He is sadistically tortured by his sister-in-law for half a year, and his parents, unwilling and unable to understand his condition, plan to have him killed but he is smuggled away by his brothers and forced to live in complete solitude for the next ten years;
    • He finally meets and falls in love with a woman, only for this to cause him to be killed and crucified by his own brother on his mother's orders;
    • Finally, his soul wanders around lost for hundreds of years before he finally makes it back to the mansion, and even then he does not realize who or what he is at first.

     The Maid/Giselle
"No matter what happens, you mustn't let go of my hand."
Click here to see her in 1099 
The friendly, yet somewhat disturbing Maid, who is present when You first wake in the mansion. She seems to have made it her mission to help You remember your rightful place as the mansion's master.

In reality, she is Giselle from the year 1099, originally a servant of the Bollinger family until she was banished to Michel's mansion. She and Michel eventually grow closer and become lovers over the course of a year until he is killed, after which she accepts Morgana's offer to become The Ageless in the hope of meeting Michel's reincarnation one day.
  • Complete Immortality: She cannot die of old age, be killed, or even kill herself as long as she is under Morgana's curse.
  • Leitmotif: She has two, fittingly titled "The Maid" and "Giselle" respectively.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: A pretty dark example, as her boundless energy and optimism are, in no small part, a mask to hide some rather harrowing physical and emotional scars.
  • The Narrator: For most of the story - until the fifth door.
  • Rape as Drama: She was repeatedly raped by Michel's father, eventually causing her banishment to the mansion.
  • Rapunzel Hair: As The Maid, her hair reaches the floor even while braided.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Assuming the main story takes place in the present day, she is somewhere around 930 years old, though as an undead spirit she no longer ages.
  • Stepford Smiler: She was this during 1099 in order to deal with the trauma dealt to her by Michel's father and the villagers. She assumed a similar method of coping during the hundreds of years that she waited for Michel to return to the mansion, becoming the creepy, serenely smiling Maid instead of the upbeat girl she once was.
  • Trauma Button: In addition to harboring a fear of being touched by men for a while, she is utterly terrified of knives thanks to the abuse she endured at the hands of Michel's father.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Due to being turned into an undead spirit by Morgana. Even as a human, she was a Raven Hair, Ivory Skin girl.

    The White-Haired Girl/Michelle
"Then see for yourself...feel for yourself...that there is but one difference between us."
A mysterious young girl who appears in each of the mansion's tales. Seemingly cursed each time to a tragic fate, what could her true identity be?

She is actually the embodiment of the pure, self-sacrificing part of Morgana's soul, born when Morgana died.
  • Blind and the Beast: In 1707, she is blind and encounters Yukimasa - the "beast". The fact that she can't see him ends up saving her life.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: After Jacopo throws her out of the house and locks her in a shed, depriving her from any contact except with Maria, her mental state really begins to suffer.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: No matter what cruelty befalls her, the white-haired girl never even thinks of striking back at her tormentors. This is because she is the good, selfless part of Morgana's soul.
  • Killed Off for Real: She is eventually destroyed by Michel at her own request so Morgana can reincarnate as a complete being in her next life.
  • Love Martyr: She has shades of this throughout her incarnations, but most noticeably in 1869 as Jacopo's wife. However, it does turn out that she has her limits.
  • Meaningful Name: Her real name is Michelle; she had adopted Michel's name and appearance in all her future lives because of her admiration for him.
  • Mysterious Waif: Appears in each tale as a major catalyst in the ultimate and always tragic outcome, usually through the men's obsession with her.
  • Mystical White Hair
  • Trauma Conga Line: Every tale is usually a prolonged one for her.
  • Traumatic Haircut: In 1603, Nellie cuts off her hair in a jealous rage after seeing her with Mell.

     The Witch/Morgana
Click here to see her as a spirit 
"Farewell, Michel. Until our souls cross paths once more in the boundless sphere of fate..."
The evil witch, said to be residing the mansion. Her curse is supposed to bring misery upon any who enter it.

She is actually Morgana, a young girl who was persecuted and tortured for her supposed mystical healing powers.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played with. She was disappointed (before the truth was revealed) that Michel came back as the passive, subservient White-Haired Girl instead of his normal surly self.
  • An Arm and a Leg: She gets her left arm cut off by The Swordsman.
  • Animal Motifs: A butterfly.
  • As the Good Book Says...: She curses her enemies by quoting from Psalm 143.
    Morgana: Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble. And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.
  • Big Bad: Of the main game.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She has a few stray thoughts in this vein towards Jacopo in A Requiem For Innocence.
  • Cold Ham: As the witch, she's quite haughty and carries herself theatrically, but in a much more detached and otherworldly manner than, say, Ceren or Gratien. Lampshaded by Giselle in the Backstage feature.
  • Compelling Voice: Her haunting, enticing voice makes it easier for her malevolent words to play on one's deepest, darkest desires.
  • The Corrupter: Her manipulations worked wonderfully on Giselle. Not so much on Michel.
  • Cute Witch: Revealed to be quite attractive when her face is fully healed as a spirit.
    Michel: Well, look at're quite pretty without your face hidden.
  • Dem Bones: Her remaining arm as a spirit is fully skeletal.
  • Dying Curse: Cursed her killers with her dying breath, which still lingers to this day.
  • Fiery Redhead: She is shown to have quite a temper (not entirely unjustified) when her real form is revealed.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Inverted. Morgana doesn't forgive Mell, Yukimasa, or Jacopo, but agrees that she's held a grudge long enough and frees their souls.
  • Gaslighting: Over hundreds of years, Morgana convinced Giselle that her memories and love of Michel were not real and that the White-Haired Girl was Giselle.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Rather strongly implied through her parting words to Michel, as well as a recurring theme in her backstory. For all her hardships, and as bad as she is with people, she was at her happiest when she had people who cared enough to keep her in their lives.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She has her moments, especially after recovering herself fully.
  • Not So Different: She feels kinship with Michel due to their similar circumstances and downfalls, but also concedes in the end when breaking her curse that she's not entirely dissimilar to Yukimasa, either.
  • Tsundere: Much more Tsun than Dere, but still.


Behind the Three Doors

    Mell and Nellie Rhodes
"Stop...stop having these insane feelings for me! It's disgusting!"
Click here to see Mell in Morgana's time
"Dearest Mell..."
Click here to see Nellie in Morgana's time 

Aristocratic siblings in 1603 England. In Morgana's time, they were also from an aristocratic family but banished by their uncle.

  • Break the Cutie: Nellie in 1603. Mell during Morgana's time also qualifies.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: However, Mell doesn't return the feelings. Subverted horribly when he finds out that the White-Haired Girl is their half-sister.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Nellie in 1603. It culminates in her cutting off the White-Haired Girl's hair in a fit of jealous rage and wearing it as a wig.
  • Dirty Coward: Mell's Fatal Flaw is his inability to stand up to others and accept responsibility for his own (in)action.
  • Driven to Suicide: Mell of Morgana's time slits his own throat immediately after Nellie dies.
    • As revealed in A Requiem For Innocence, this was also the fate for the Mell of Rose Manor: he fled his family and joined the church after the disaster with Nellie, but began Hearing Voices (rather strongly implied to be Morgana's) and threw himself off a church tower a few years later.
  • Friendless Background: Nellie has no friends other than her brother, who is much more than that to her.
  • Genki Girl: Young Nellie. Unfortunately, this does not last in either timeline.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Nellie, at her worst.
  • Ill Girl: Nellie during Morgana's time.
  • Irony: Mell calls Nellie's feelings for him disgusting as they are siblings, yet he ends up falling for a sibling.
  • Leitmotif: "Ephemera", Cetoniinae, and "Petalouda"
  • Reincarnation Romance: They do not appear to be related in present-day France, and fate appears to have led them together to become lovers.
  • Riches to Rags: In Morgana's time period, they were former nobles forced from their family estate.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Nellie very quickly gets over her jealousy that Michel might want to steal Mell from her when her mind wanders to the fantasy of them, er, getting to know each other in a suspiciously specific fantasy...

    Bestia/Yukimasa/The Swordsman
Click here to see his human form 
Click here to see him in Morgana's time 

A beast that inhabits the mansion in 1707 and takes up the mantle as master of the house.

In reality, he is Yukimasa, a human man driven insane by his urges to kill. In Morgana's time, he was known as "The Swordsman".

  • The Atoner: After hearing Michel's frightening insight into his heart, his struggle, and the fate awaiting him. For Pauline's sake, he's willing to do the right thing; and for his own, he wants Michel to guide him down the right path. After telling his side of the story, he even offers to give Michel his key outright and submit to death at Michel's hands.
  • Blind and the Beast: In this timeline, the White-Haired Girl is blind - as the only local not to shun him for his appearance, he allows her to live and they even become somewhat close.
  • Blood Knight: Played for Drama. He is a twisted Serial Killer whose lust for blood wars with his craving for a peaceful life.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: A heroic example... more or less. As the swordsman and the lord's bodyguard, he abandons his lord's conspiracy and helps Michel to bring him down, even offering to simply kill him.
  • Cessation of Existence: He's offered this as an alternative to trying to fight his monstrous nature, but is pretty terrified at the thought of his soul being obliterated forever and declines, hoping that his Character Development will be enough to set him on the right path regardless.
  • Character Exaggeration: In-Universe. The swordsman was already living a contradictory existence, aware of his murderous urges but still motivated by a desire for a peaceful life with the Saintess, and so Morgana turned the swordsman's violent tendencies Up to Eleven when she cursed him, damning him to the utterly monstrous state we see him in behind the second door, never to reconcile himself.
  • Dirty Foreigner: How the locals treated him. It doesn't end well for them.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Yukimasa is so depraved in the second story that even his own past self, certainly no saint himself, is left horrified and determined to avert this fate after learning of it.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Once he starts killing humans, this becomes his main diet.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Both Yukimasa and The Swordsman's preferred method for getting people to talk is breaking their fingers.
  • Insistent Terminology: He keeps calling Michel an angel, much to the latter's annoyance.
  • Laughing Mad: One of his scenes where he does this goes on for a good couple of minutes.
  • Leitmotif: "Vulpe"
  • Lighter and Softer: The swordsman in the witch's era. He's still a psychotic Serial Killer, but he's quite a bit more Affably Evil and in control of his faculties than he is as Bestia, and he's motivated by a desire to protect his Morality Chain.
  • Love Makes You Evil: A complex example. He engaged in Morgana's abuse and mutilation solely to keep Pauline's church afloat. Thing is, Pauline, an extremely precious person to him, was all that was keeping his sadistic, murderous tendencies in check, acting as his "tether" to his humanity; Yukimasa was essentially doing evil for a good cause, whose success would keep him from doing even greater evil. Made even muddier in that, after examining his feelings, he concludes that it's not really love that's driving this, but a fundamental need for someone or something to rein in his urges and give him peace.
  • Mask of Sanity: One that he really would like to become, but he can't quite get there.
  • Nothing Personal: To a bound and mutilated Morgana. Despite his claim that he feels no remorse, his understated Motive Rant gives the impression that he felt the need to justify himself a little; all the more so as she is wailing in pain and in no state to register his words. His later confession to Michel also points to this.
  • Politically Correct History: Yukimasa's Start of Darkness is partially attributed to racial discrimination, which would have been the norm in 18th century Europe for a nonwhite person.
  • Resist the Beast: Both Yukimasa and The Swordsman have what they call a "tether" - that is, someone who suppresses their urges to kill. In Yukimasa's life it is first Pauline, then the White-Haired Girl, while in The Swordsman's life it is first Morgana, then Pauline.
  • Sadist
  • Sanity Slippage: His entire arc. He only finds solace when the White-Haired Girl shows up at the mansion, albeit briefly. He completely loses it when the White-Haired Girl is murdered by the villagers.
  • Serial Killer: He just can't help himself, unless someone is there to smother the impulse.
  • Slasher Smile: A quite creepy one, too - in both his lives.
  • Token Evil Teammate: After coming around to Michel's side in Morgana's time. Although he's made a turn for the better, he's still happy to torture the wicked lord for his information or to just kill him outright, if Michel gives him the nod.
  • The Unintelligible: Though there turns out to be a very good reason for this, and he does "learn" to speak coherently later.

    Jacopo Bearzatti/Lord Barnier
"Shut up about the tea already! You think we’re having tea parties in there like a bunch of prissy nobles?"
Click here to see him as "Lord Barnier" 
A young, greedy Sicilian immigrant in 1869 America. In Morgana's time, he was a kindhearted peasant who helped her escape an Evil Overlord.
  • Always Save the Girl: Jacopo notes that his slave revolt would have gone smoother had he taken his own advice to Gratien and not picked a fight with the lord, which he did so purely to rescue the bloodied, abused Morgana chained atop her altar.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Played for Laughs in the backstage extras. He really doesn't like Michel. Played much more seriously in the Pig Iron Manner chapter, where his suspicion that his wife is cheating on him drives him into such a jealous rage that he has her locked up with no contact to the outside world.
  • Death Seeker: Having fallen so far and lost what truly mattered to him, part of him came to welcome the day either a betrayal from his accomplices or a dagger from his past would come to end him.
  • Fatal Flaw: Insecurity. As The Maid put it, Jacopo had a great deal of confidence in his abilities, but not so much in himself as a person. This helps set up Maria's betrayal and his wife leaving him.
  • Full-Circle Revolution: Jacopo leads a revolution that deposes the old lord, the actual Barnier, and is overthrown himself a few years later. The actual Barnier had also overthrown his predecessor.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: During Morgana's time. This ends up being his undoing.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Peasant Jacopo, before becoming lord, was much more idealistic and kind. The stresses of ruling, assassination attempts by former friends, and Morgana's rejection of him turned him into an angry, cynical ruler.
  • Knife Nut: Peasant Jacopo.
  • La Résistance: Jacopo during Morgana's lifetime was a peasant who led an uprising against the local lord. He later takes the lord's place.
  • Leitmotif: "Ciao Carina"
  • Lonely at the Top: He does become rich and powerful, but dies old and alone.
  • Marriage of Convenience: What his marriage to the White-Haired Girl appears to be at first.
  • The Mafia: He is stated to be part of it in all but name.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He mentions that if they run out of workers to build the Transcontinental Railroad, they can simply hire some more "blacks or yellows" to finish the job.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Basically what his entire arc boils down to.
  • Rags to Riches: In Morgana's time, he fought his way up from a street rat to nobility.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Both 1869 Jacopo and peasant Jacopo.


Supporting Characters

    Maria Campanella
"If you're having a good time, what does it matter what's between your legs?"
Click here to see Maria in Morgana's time 
One of Jacopo's maids (actually his childhood friend-turned-enemy) in 1869 and the White-Haired Girl's only friend. In Morgana's time, she worked as a prostitute in the brothel Morgana lived at.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Her outfit in Morgana's time; it's a wonder her dress stays on at all.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Jacopo kills her.
  • The Chessmaster: The Big Bad of Jacopo's story, who orchestrated most of his misfortunes.
  • Childhood Friends: With Jacopo. She takes advantage of this in order to take revenge on him.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Maria spruces up her maid costume with some very sexy flourishes (and not to mention a more appropriate colour scheme) when The Reveal of her villainy comes out.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: During Morgana's time.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She completely inadvertently nails Michel's insecurities when she says that he "doesn't have the balls" to be sexually aggressive towards a woman.
  • Ironic Name: Named for Mary, the mother of Jesus - when in reality her actions in both her lives are anything but holy. She even lampshades this herself:
    Maria: "Thank you, Maria..."? Ahaha... I’m the "reincarnation of the Mother of God"? Pfffft...Ahaha, bahaha... ahahahahahahahahahahah!
  • Knife Nut: In Morgana's time, she tells Jacopo that she'd rather get a new knife as a gift than a piece of jewelry, and she can give Michel one of her knives that has her name engraved on it. In 1869, she has more of a fixation on guns and bullets, implying she might just have a thing for weapons in general.
  • Leitmotif: "Bianco o Nero"
  • Mafia Princess: What she was supposed to be, until her father and grandfather were assassinated by the Bearzattis.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: She tries to kill Jacopo for what his family did to hers.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Her and Jacopo. Jacopo believes they still are right up until he finds out the truth about Maria and his wife's letters.

"I have faith in him. He would never break a promise to me."
Click here to see her as the nun 
A young woman in 1707 who waits long periods of time for her merchant lover to return to her. In Morgana's time, she was the nun of the church where Morgana was being held prisoner.
  • Burn the Witch!: She suffers this fate as the nun.
  • But Not Too Foreign: 1707 Pauline is revealed to be half-Japanese on her father's side.
  • Foil: To Yukimasa, despite (or perhaps because of) them being lovers. She travels to the same land and experiences the same kind of discrimination he did at first, but perseveres through her Nice Girl attitude and eventually gets some of the locals to open up to her.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Her dogged pursuit of Yukimasa leads to a horrible death by his hand.
  • Morality Chain: To Yukimasa/The Swordsman. Unfortunately for her, it turns out that she's replaceable.
  • Nice Girl: She is one of the most openly nice characters in the game and as the nun she was an unknowing accomplice in exploiting Morgana and is horrified when the truth is revealed to her. Possibly something of a deconstruction though, as it is pointed out by others that her trusting nature and tendency to believe the best of everyone repeatedly leads her to be misled and put herself or others in a bad situation.
  • Race Lift: In-universe. When she was the nun, she had mentioned to The Swordsman how nice it would be to be the same race as him, resulting in her being half-Japanese in her 1707 incarnation.
  • Wham Line: "I do think the current lord is better than the old lord, though..."

    Didier and Georges
Michel's older brothers.

    Hayden Rhodes 
Mell and Nellie's grandfather. He is the first owner of the mansion after Michel, in 1591.
  • Driven to Suicide: He strangles himself, unable to deal with the physical and mental anguish of being poisoned by his own family.
  • Foreshadowing: He suggests Giselle build a mental "cocoon" around herself and immerse herself in her role until the one she is waiting for finally shows up, but warns her not to get too immersed in it to the point where she loses herself. Guess what happens?
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: He acts as Giselle's mentor for two years, teaching her English and how to act as a proper maid. He is eventually poisoned by his son.
  • Patricide: Strongly implied to have been poisoned by his son.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He has the least "screen time" of all the minor characters but his impact is felt for centuries afterwards.
  • The Unseen: His sprite is never shown in-game.

Requiem For Innocence Characters

"Silence, cur. I don't recall giving you permission to speak."
The lord of the land, referred to by many as "the second coming of the great tyrant of old". He tortures and murders slaves for his own perverse enjoyment, and he regularly hosts banquets at his estate, inviting other nobles with similar predilections. Barnier killed the former lord, as well as all of his close associates and their families.

A bright, spirited sixteen-year-old girl. Though she was taken from her home at a young age, Ceren maintains an outwardly positive outlook on life. It would also appear a certain someone has caught her eye, though she remains mum about who it is.

"The trifecta of twats, more like."
A young man and former slave who takes up residence in the slums after the revolt at the lord’s estate. Gratien, whose ancestors are rumored to have been gladiators, is a rowdy man with unparalleled physical strength, which is what has allowed him to survive so long. Like Jacopo, he despises the lord and his tyrannical rule.

A cheerful young man who appears in Assento Dele. He is infected with a deadly disease.

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